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Taking Tally at 46 For Family and Friends | by Mukoma wa Ngugi | A Poem

Kenyan writer Mukoma wa Ngugi was one year older on February 27. The 46 years old author, who recently published a collection of poems, marked his birthday by sharing a poem on Facebook titled “Taking Tally at 46 and Friends.” In the poem, he celebrates his community of friends and family, in addition to his fruitful […]

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A Duet of the Going and the Gone | by Moyosore Orimoloye | African Poetry

Kaka said a small pine tree sprouted from the interment of her father. The tree broke through the thin concrete atop the front-door grave, life from death. Kaka said at night, when the small generator coughs to a stop, she hears the whistling of the pine, the way it pierces the newborn silence, reminding her […]

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C: the Origin of the Third Letter | by Yuan Changming | African Poetry

a Phoenician throw-stick held high in his right hand the Egyptian basket lying far beyond his reach what was, what is the Chinese peasant trying to do in his story?   ********** Post image via African Digital Art About the Author: Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks, is the most widely […]

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Mozartian Poetry?

HENRI COLE: What would Mozartian poetry be? SEAMUS HEANEY: It would have all of the usual life in it. But it would have great formal acceleration. I recently read Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander” and got this terrific lift from it because of the way it was rejoicing in its own resources as an invention. It gave […]

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Accelerating With My Eyes Closed

We move through life in chapters, as we learn to read them. Every lesson is not understood, Before we turn the page. As youth we move briskly through the book of life, Only skimming the text. Rushing to the next happenstance. Decreasingly illiterate, Nonetheless, remarkably unwise. Hastily making choices, Re-sculpting the pre-sent, before our eyes, […]

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Meeting Nourbese

Marlene Nourbese was already in the room when I arrived. To call the Gothic Room a room does it so much disservice. The interior of an Edwardian chapel maybe or something close to it but certainly not a room. Chairs were lined up semicircular in front of a podium. She sat to the left of […]

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Poems for Profit

Roaringly funny. On the difficulties of walking the sometimes long and uncertain road from poetry to profit. Enjoy! Hope your weekend is sunny and fun! There are so many poets with so many books on so many presses swarming so many internet radio sites, readings, conferences, and all that other horseshit—mainly for “exposure”—that we’re all […]

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AFTERNOON WITH MOTEN: Note #2

Afternoon with Fred Moten is a limited Brittle Paper series. Catch up on the story behind these unusual class notes @ Afternoon with Fred Moten Note # 1 Note # 2 A man stopped them on their way from the river. He said he wanted to read them a poem he had written himself. They […]

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BBC Apologises to Bernardine Evaristo Over Presenter’s “Another Author” Reference, Following Twitter Backlash

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Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The Voices I Overcame To Write Silence Is My Mother Tongue | Sulaiman Addonia

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“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in […]

Video & Photos | Echezonachukwu Nduka’s Performance & Public Lecture on African Pianism at Gateway Playhouse, New Jersey

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The poet-pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, author of the collection Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts (2018), has been offering a reinterpretation of African […]

Tejumola Olaniyan, Eminent Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, Dies at 60

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Tejumola Olaniyan, eminent professor of English and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of heart failure in Madison, […]

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